Thurber Prize for American Humor
With the support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council and a family foundation at The Columbus Foundation, the annual Thurber Prize for American Humor will be presented at a ceremony at Carolines on Broadway in New York City on Monday, September 26, 2016. The evening’s host will be Liza Donnelly, a 2014 Thurber finalist for her book Women on Men and a 2015 Thurber judge.
The Thurber Prize is to be conferred upon the author and publisher of the outstanding book of humor writing published in the United States between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015.
The Thurber Prize for American Humor is the nation's highest recognition of the art of humor writing. The award carries with it a $5,000 prize and a commemorative crystal plaque for the winning author. Three finalists will be announced in August 2016, and the winner will not be revealed until the September event at Carolines.
Three esteemed judges will decide the 2016 Thurber Prize for American Humor:
- John Kenney, New Yorker contributor and 2014 Thurber winner for his book Truth in Advertising
- Celia Rivenbark, humor columnist and author of seven books, including Rude Bitches Make Me Tired and the 2005 Thurber finalist We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier: Confessions of a Tarnished Southern Belle
- Bruce Tracy, Senior Editor at Workman Publishing who edited the 2006 Thurber winner The Other Shulman by Alan Zweibel and finalists including Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas and The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death by Laurie Notaro